Introduction and Theoretical Focus

  • Simone Claar
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This chapter presents the analytical and theoretical frameworks used in the book to analyse South African class relations within economic and trade policy, specifically the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). It highlights the empirical problem of why the South African government rejected the agreement in 2007 and concluded it in 2016. The main argument is that the South African rejection was based on a short-lived class fraction compromise that eroded over time. The analysis is based on Nikos Poulantzas’ theory of social relations and is strengthened through the references to transnationalisation, North-South relations, a postcolonial perspective and race. Based on this, the chapter introduces the historical materialist policy analysis (HMPA) that provides the foundation of the book structure in the form of a context, actor and process analysis.


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  • Simone Claar
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  1. 1.University of KasselKasselGermany

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